Share the Strength – working together for a sustainable future : Birla Carbon’s sixth Sustainability Report

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MARIETTA & MUMBAI: Birla Carbon today said that it has released its 2018 Sustainability Report, titled, ‘Share the Strength – working together for a sustainable future’. This is the sixth consecutive annually released sustainability report since 2013. The report details Birla Carbon’s progress across key performance indicators while aligning its sustainability progress to its Purpose – Share the Strength.

Dr Santrupt B Misra, Chief Executive Officer, Birla Carbon, in his message to all readers wrote, “The past year, just like the ones before that, has been an exciting one for Birla Carbon as we completed our quest to excavate and formally embed our ‘Purpose’ globally in the business.” He further adds, “Our Purpose – ‘Share the Strength’ describes who we have grown to be and the role we play in society – through the many strengths we’ve built and acquired so far, and the new strengths we are continuously seeking and uncovering as we work with our customers, partners and employees.”

Dr Misra concludes his message saying, “We hope to create a new magic at Birla Carbon through our Purpose – Share the Strength.” (read Dr Misra’s entire message here)

Joe Gaynor, Chief Legal, Sustainability and Risk Officer, Birla Carbon, in his message to readers, states, “At its core, Birla Carbon’s business is extracting, modifying and utilizing carbon atoms to share the strength of carbon black with society. Capturing carbon comes with its challenges and we constantly test ourselves to lead the way and do it better than anyone else.” He further adds, “Operating sustainably means balancing many challenges and priorities. We continue to achieve world class safety performance, but there is even more we can do.  We’re exploring innovative ways to minimize our environmental impact and making significant investments in air emission abatement equipment and energy recovery technologies.” (read Joe Gaynor’s entire message here)

While most of the report content is based on progress over the last report, achievements through engagement and collaboration aligned to Purpose – Share the Strength, is seen in its accomplishments. The report adheres to the international standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 sustainability reporting guidelines at all level and continues to focus on Sustainable Operational Excellence (SOE).

In this report, Birla Carbon further builds on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which apply to the three pillars of its SOE strategy – People, Product and Process.

Some of the important changes in the report include a revision of the key performance indicators (KPIs) and expanded targets until FY2030. There are also changes to the waste KPI, inclusion of new KPIs for employee engagement and customer satisfaction, and expansion of the safety KPI to include contractors along with permanent employees.

For the second consecutive year Birla Carbon was awarded a Gold rating from EcoVadis for its continuous efforts towards fair business practices and sustainable procurement.

The Downloads section can be accessed for the most recent certificates, policies, statements and guides pertaining to Birla Carbon and its operations globally.

The online report can be viewed at www.sustainability.birlacarbon.com. To download a pdf copy of the report click here.

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